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Massaro and Gaultier are 2016 NetSuite Open Champions

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l-r: Gregory Gaultier, NetSuite’s Evan Goldberg, Laura Massaro.

The 2016 NetSuite Open champions have been crowned as Laura Massaro won her first title in her tournament debut and Gregory Gaultier earned a third title Saturday night at Justin Herman Plaza, San Francisco.

The women’s trophy will have a new name engraved on it after world No. 2 Laura Massaro dethroned reigning champion Amanda Sobhy in a four-game final.

The English international entered the tournament as the top seed after the women’s prize money doubled from $25,000 to $50,000 in the draw’s second year.

Massaro began her maiden NetSuite Open final with a flying start, winning the first game 11-4 in six minutes. Sobhy, who just reached a career high ranking of world No. 6 today, responded by winning a grueling second game 11-9 to level the score.

Massaro regained control in the third winning 11-8, and pulled away from 7-7 in the fourth to earn the title 11-7 in forty-seven minutes.

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Massaro (r) against Sobhy. (image: squashpics.com)

“I’m really happy to get my hands on the title,” said Massaro. “I don’t know how many more years I’ll be playing for it and Amanda is such a good talent coming up, so I’m glad that I managed to get one more win.

“The Tour on the women’s side is perhaps the strongest it’s ever been and it’s a great time to be part of women’s squash because of the parity that’s going on with the men. We all work really hard and I absolutely love playing in front of the crowd in iconic settings just like this. It’s an absolute privilege to play on this court and to get my hands on another title.”

Sobhy congratulated Massaro on the title and thanked Tournament Director John Nimick and Title Sponsor NetSuite for increasing the women’s prize money.

“Congratulations to Laura Massaro on a fantastic final,” said Sobhy. “I know that we both put in all of our effort, so congratulations to her. San Francisco is one of my favourite places to come to and this is a fantastic tournament, but this could not have happened without the sponsors, Evan Goldberg and NetSuite, so I want to thank them so much for including the women here and doubling the prize money for the women. That’s fantastic and I know that we’re going to keep growing this tournament. I’m looking forward to coming back here next year.”

Gaultier, world No. 2, has now won three NetSuite Open titles in the tournament’s fifth year with the NetSuite Challenge Court staged in Justin Herman Plaza.

The Frenchman edged out a close first game 11-9, and sped to a two game lead by taking the second 11-2. Willstrop recovered in the third and held three game balls late in the third game at 10-9, 11-10 and 12-11, but Gaultier fought back to claim the title 14-12 in forty-six minutes.

Gaultier (r) against Willstrop. (image: squashpics.com)
Gaultier (r) against Willstrop. (image: squashpics.com)

“I’m really happy with the way I’ve been playing this week, I’ve been playing better day after day,” said Gaultier, who didn’t drop a game the entire tournament.

“It’s really nice to see James back playing and being well after the 2/3 years he had struggling with hip surgery. I saw him play against [Simon] Rösner [in the quarter-final] and it was fantastic to see him back playing.

“The first time we played each other we were playing in the British Junior Open when we were about 15 or 16 years old. I remember we had this brutal match in the final so it’s been a long time, but it’s good to see our generation reaching the top after so many years.”

 

Gaultier Aims For Third NetSuite Title; Willstrop Reaches Fortieth Career PSA Final in San Francisco

Gaultier (r) against Elshorbagy.
Gaultier (r) against Elshorbagy. (image: squashpics.com)

French World No. 2 Gregory will aim for his third-career NetSuite Open title in his fourth NetSuite Open final Saturday after a three-game semifinal victory against Egypt’s Marwan Elshorbagy Friday night at Justin Herman Plaza, San Francisco.

The thirty-three-year-old top seed controlled the first two games of his semifinal against Elshorbagy. The four seed was on the verge of forcing a fourth with a game ball in the third at 10-9, but Gaultier clawed back to efficiently close the match 14-12 in forty-five minutes.

“I’m glad I got my speed back, I’ve been struggling this month and I wasn’t feeling great,” said Gaultier.

“I haven’t been enjoying my squash and I haven’t been having any feeling when I’ve been playing. I managed to find motivation again because I had a bit of a break at home. I stopped playing for a week and did other stuff to stay away from a squash court because I was getting sick of it. I tried to stay positive mentally, I’ve had a lot of friends helping me out to lift me back out when I was down. I’m happy with the way I was moving again.”

Gaultier will face Wild Card James Willstrop for the thirty-eighth time in their career in the final.

“James is playing much better these days, he’s moving better and he’s really accurate. I’m going to be aware of all these things, it’s a new match, a new day, so we’ll see how it goes. I’m just going to do the best recovery right now and I’ll hopefully be very sharp for tomorrow for the last push.”

Willstrop (r) against Elias. (image: squashpics.com)
Willstrop (r) against Elias. (image: squashpics.com)

Former world No. 1, Willstrop will make his fortieth career PSA final appearance after a clinical three-game semifinal victory over qualifier Diego Elias.

In what was their first career match, Willstrop’s experience shone through as he defeated the nineteen-year-old Peruvian 11-5, 11-3, 11-6 in thirty-nine minutes.

“I think the game at the highest level is massively subtle,” said Willstrop.

“We’re all constantly working to change things up, it’s not just about hitting a drive anymore, it’s about hitting a drive in 10 different ways. We’ve probably got [four-time World Champion] Amr Shabana to thank for that sort of thing.

“I had to be very, very accurate, the court is so unforgiving, it does make for some quite fast-paced, entertaining squash, but it’s not easy when you’re on there.”

A hip injury, sustained three years ago, and a bout of illness has seen Willstrop slip down the World Rankings to World No.18 and struggle to reach the latter stages of the world’s biggest events.

But, with a clean bill of health and his unfaltering control of a squash ball behind him, Willstrop is delighted to be back on the biggest stage once more.

“It’s been a long recovery and you don’t know if you’re going to reach that level again. I think the key is that I love playing squash and I’ve always found a great sense of enjoyment on the Tour, probably more so now then at any other time of my career.

“It’s great to be back in a major final like this and it’s good to know that it’s still in the bank.”

Sobhy To Defend NetSuite Title in Final After First Career Victory Against David

Amanda Sobhy (l) celebrates her first career victory against Nicol David. (image: squashpics.com)

Defending NetSuite Open women’s champion Amanda Sobhy will vie for her second consecutive title in the Saturday’s final after her first career victory over two seed and world No. 3 Nicol David Friday night on the NetSuite Challenge Court at Justin Herman Plaza, San Francisco.

The entertaining match began with David taking a close first game 12-10, but the twenty-three-year old American quickly responded winning the second 11-5 and a quick-fire third 11-2. Sobhy continued to push her advantage in the fourth with a 7-1 lead, but David clawed back to 5-9. Two winners clinched the game for Sobhy earning a second consecutive NetSuite Open final appearance in the women’s draw’s second year.

“Everything just clicked today, she’s a phenomenal player and I have the utmost respect for her,” Sobhy said. “I knew it would be a battle, I just wanted it to be a fair match and for both of us to play our best. I lost the first game, but I knew I was right there in it and I just told myself to stay positive and I’m really happy that I was able to do that because I won.”

Sobhy, the world No. 7, recently reached her first career World Series final in Hong Kong, in which she defeated a world no. 1-ranked player, Nour El Sherbini, for the first time in her career. Sobhy credits her recent successes to a diversified training regimen.

“I had a seven-week training block this summer, which I’ve never done before in my entire life,” Sobhy coninued. “It’s really nice to see it all pay off and I’m looking forward to tomorrow.”

Sobhy will need to pull out another first career victory against England’s top seed Laura Massaro to retain her NetSuite Open title. Sobhy has lost all four previous tour encounters against the world No. 2.

The women’s final will be the first on Saturday evening at Justin Herman Plaza at 7pm ET. Watch live on SquashTV.

NetSuite Sponsors Top Level Junior Squash Competition in Northern California

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NetSuite Expands its Support of Squash as its Popularity in the US Grows

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.—September 29, 2016— Squash Engine, Inc. today announced that the 2016 NetSuite Open is sponsoring an expanded and enhanced junior tournament in San Francisco this year as NetSuite continues its efforts helping to promote the sport of squash. The new NetSuite US Squash Gold will be hosted jointly by the Olympic Club, University Club and Bay Club September 30 – October 2, 2016 and will give aspiring junior players from the Bay Area, the West Coast and across the country a new competitive, national ranking tournament to help shape their skills and development.

“Many of the local juniors who will play have been to the NetSuite Open over the last four years,“ said Jeffrey Young, Squash Director at the Olympic Club in San Francisco. “This is the second year that Busani Xaba of the University Club and I decided to jointly run a junior tournament and we are thrilled to team up with Gareth Webber and the Bay Club company to offer juniors this upgraded, national ranking tournament. We hope to make this an annual event alongside the NetSuite Open to really showcase squash in the city. We have co-hosted Gold and the higher level Junior Championship Tournament events in the past along with the Bay Club SF, but this is the first as part of the biggest squash week on the west coast.”

John Nimick, a U.S. Squash Hall of Famer, President of Squash Engine, Inc., and the NetSuite Open director added, “This is a very special year for the NetSuite Open. Not only are we bringing the state-of-the-art, portable, all-glass NetSuite Challenge Court back to Justin Herman Plaza, but we are also showcasing world class women’s pro squash and now national-level Gold juniors. It’s a true feast of squash, which we know will help propel the sport further in the Bay Area.”

“We’re thrilled to help make new opportunities in the sport of squash available for the rapidly growing number of junior players in the area,” said Evan Goldberg, NetSuite Co-founder and CTO. “We look forward to seeing how our local boys and girls will stack up against some of the best junior players in the country. And they are all invited to the finals of the NetSuite Open, which will be exciting for them and great fun for the pro tournament in general.”

The NetSuite Junior Gold organizers are expecting more than 150 participants. “It can only be positive with the NetSuite Open using so many different clubs in the bay area for matches, exhibitions, clinics etc. All our juniors can be up close and personal with the best players in the world at their own clubs. This isn’t the case in most sports,” said Young.

For further information, contact jyoung@olyclub.com or gareth.webber@bayclub.com

About NetSuite
In 1998, NetSuite pioneered the Cloud Computing revolution, establishing the world’s first company dedicated to delivering business applications over the Internet. Today, NetSuite provides a suite of cloud-based financials / Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and omnichannel commerce software that runs the business of more than 30,000 companies, organizations, and subsidiaries in more than 100 countries.

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About Squash Engine
Squash Engine, Inc. is a visionary event and entertainment marketing company specializing in the creation of unique athletic, musical, corporate and philanthropic events in extraordinary venues.  Founded in 2000 by US Squash Hall of Fame member John Nimick, Squash Engine, and its sister company Event Engine, has grown from the management of a single, but unique, annual professional squash championship in Grand Central Terminal to a portfolio of successful events in some of the best known locations in North America and with some of the best-known entertainment celebrities in the world.  The Squash Engine mission is to provide an unparalleled, highly valuable, highest quality result for clients, customer and corporate partners.

About the NetSuite Open

The NetSuite Open Squash Championships return to San Francisco’s South Lawn of Justin Herman Plaza on an all-glass portable squash court for the fourth year September 27 – October 1, 2016. Sanctioned by the Professional Squash Association, the PSA International 100 Men’s event and the Gold 50 Women’s event combine to make the NetSuite Open one of the top 12 professional tournaments in the world as determined by prize money. Early rounds and featured activities of the tournament are hosted by the Bay Club Company’s Northern California clubs, the University Club, and the Olympic Club.

Some 450 reserved seats are available for the NetSuite Open, ranging in price from $30 to $250. For tickets, draws, schedule and more information, please visit www.NetSuiteOpenSquash.com. Follow the NetSuite Open on Facebook and Twitter.

NOTE: NetSuite and the NetSuite logo are service marks of NetSuite Inc. Third-party trademarks mentioned are the property of their respective owners.

 

Willstrop Pulls Off Five-Game Comeback in NetSuite Quarters; Elias Reaches Milestone Semifinal

Willstrop (l) celebrates match ball against Roesner. (image: squashpics.com)
Willstrop (l) celebrates match ball against Roesner. (image: squashpics.com)

The NetSuite Open for the first time will feature a semifinal between a wild card and qualifier after James Willstrop and Diego Elias pulled off upsets Thursday evening on the NetSuite Challenge Court at Justin Herman Plaza, San Francisco.

Willstrop, the former world no. 1 in 2012, occupied the wild card position and opened up his tournament with a three-game victory over three seed Miguel Rodriguez.

The English world No. 18 found himself two games down against Germany’s Simon Roesner–11-9 in both. Willstrop then turned the match on its head winning the third 11-9 and claiming a quick fourth 11-2.

Roesner regrouped in the fifth and earned one match ball at 10-9, but Willstrop saved the match ball force extra points. A few rallies ensued that ended with let calls to the frustration of both players before Willstrop teed up match ball and clinched the match at 12-10 after seventy-nine minutes.

“I think the quality of the squash was so good,” Willstrop said. “It was a pretty high standard, we were both hitting the ball accurately. It’s cut-throat stuff, the ball was flying around and you have to have such control to stay in it. His pace and control was a little bit better in the first two games.

“He won the crucial points in the second, but it was close. The key is that I didn’t panic, it’s a difficult psychological deficit to overcome when you’re 2-0 down. The statistics show that people don’t do it often, so I just had to keep making him play and I knew that I might be able to find a way in. I knew that if I could find my level and keep it, then I could have a crack in the next three games.”

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Elias (r) against Marche. (image: squashpics.com)

Willstrop will face Peruvian teenager Elias for the first time in his career in the first men’s semifinal Friday evening.

Elias, world no. 34, enjoyed his first rest day Wednesday after seven matches in seven days spanning the Nash Cup in Toronto, NetSuite qualifying, and shocking five seed Ali Farag in five games in the first round.

The former world junior champion continued his momentum in the quarterfinals to defeat France’s world No. 29 Gregoire Marche in three games forty minutes.

“I’m really happy, it’s my first win on Squash TV,” said Elias.

The victory also marks Elias’ highest profile semifinal berth in a PSA tournament, having reached the $35,000 Charlottesville Open semifinals as a previous best.

“I was focused, I wanted to enjoy the match and I played my best,” Elias continued. “It has been an amazing experience, I knew the court was a bit tricky, but I’m happy I was able to play well on it. I had so much fun and wanted to thank everyone for supporting me.”

Massaro Reaches Maiden NetSuite Open Final

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Massaro (r) against King. (image: squashpics.com)

England’s world No. 2 Laura Massaro is the first 2016 NetSuite Open finalist after a three-game victory over New Zealand’s Joelle King Thursday evening on the NetSuite Challenge Court in Justin Herman Plaza.

The thirty-two year old entered the match with an unbeaten record against the Kiwi in six matches–most recently this month in the China Open–and augmented her record to seven victories in seven matches.

After a close first game that saw Massaro fight off one match ball down 9-10, the English international recovered to take the first 12-10. Massaro pressed her advantage for the remainder of the match 11-5, 11-4 in thirty-three minutes.

“I was way down in that first one, and I think it just shows that if you’re not completely focused, then her skills are just too good, so it was about making sure that I was 100 per cent focused on the game plan that I set out before,” said Massaro.

“Being able to stick to a game plan is probably one of my biggest strengths and as long as I do that, I’m happy win or lose, so that’s my only focus when I’m on court.

“I’m loving my time in San Francisco, it’s an amazing event and a wonderful location to put a squash court.”

Massaro will face either defending champion Amanda Sobhy or world No. 3 Nicol David in the final as the three and two seed respectively prepare to contest the second women’s semifinal Friday night.

Saturday’s final marks just the second NetSuite Open women’s final in the tournament’s fifth year with doubled prize money of $50,000 from the inaugural women’s draw in 2015.

Gaultier and Marwan Elshorbagy Seal NetSuite Open Semifinal Positions

Gaultier (r) against Cuskelly. (image: squashpics,com)
Gaultier (r) against Cuskelly. (image: squashpics,com)

The first 2016 NetSuite Open men’s semifinal is set after top seed and world No. 2 Gregory Gaultier and Egypt’s four seed Marwan Elshorbagy claimed victories on the NetSuite Challenge Court in Justin Herman Plaza, San Francisco.

Elshorbagy, world No. 7, maintained his perfect record against Australia’s Cameron Pilley in the first match of the evening session. The twenty-three-year-old held off a second game come back from the World Series Finals runner up to win the match in four games.

“We both lost our concentration, but he played better in the second game and I felt that I had no game plan, then I started getting back into it,” Elshorbagy said.

“I’m very happy with how I played today and a venue like this just makes you want to keep playing. I’m looking forward to the next match.”

Two-time NetSuite Open champion Gaultier also defeated an Australian international in the form of Ryan Cuskelly, in three games.

“I was really looking forward to this match, I haven’t played Ryan for a long time,” said Gaultier.

“He is really tricky and he has really good hands, so I had to impose my pace and the conditions were cold, so I had to be on my toes with his tricky shots. I tried to stay positive because I’ve had a bit of a nightmare this season with injuries. In my career, I’ve done everything I wanted, so every time I step on court it’s all a bonus.

“I tried to step up on the ’T’, to volley as much as possible and be aggressive with my shots. If you stay too passive, then I think you put yourself under pressure, so I had to keep control of the middle area and play the best squash I can play. I’m still not at my best yet, but I’m looking forward to improving my game.”

Men’s quarterfinal results:
[1] Gregory Gaultier (FRA) bt [8] Ryan Cuskelly (AUS) 3-0: 11-6, 11-9, 11-6 (47m)
[4] Marwan ElShorbagy (EGY) bt [7] Cameron Pilley (AUS) 3-1: 11-2, 7-11, 11-5, 11-5 (66m)

NetSuite Open Women’s Semifinals to be Contested by Top Four Seeds

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David against El Tayeb (images: squashpics.com)

The 2016 NetSuite Open women’s semifinals will be contested by the top four seeds after all four quarterfinals were decided in three games Wednesday at Bay Club of San Francisco and the NetSuite Challenge Court in Justin Herman Plaza, San Francisco.

The draw’s top half semifinal will be contested between top seed and world no. 2 Laura Massaro and four seed and world No. 11 and four seed Joelle King who won the first two matches of the day in three games against Victoria Lust and Heba El Torky respectively.

“I’m pretty happy with that, as I said yesterday the court conditions are tough being on the back court because the rallies are a little bit longer,” said Massaro. “But I’m happy to be off in three and I’m looking forward to getting on the glass court tomorrow.”

Massaro has had a mixed start to the season after losing out in the quarterfinal stage of the Hong Kong Open last month before bouncing back to take the plaudits at the China Open a week later.

The 32-year-old now feels that she has some match fitness under her belt and she is looking forward to appearing in her maiden NetSuite Open semifinal Thursday evening.

“I wasn’t massively happy with the quarters in Hong Kong. But I lost to the winner and had a couple of match balls, so I felt it was a good match. I was really happy with the way I came back in China and how I played there.

“It’s just about getting some match play in and getting into the season. Hong Kong is tough because it’s the first tournament of the season, but I feel like I’m playing quite well and I’m match sharp now. Playing the semis tomorrow is exciting.”

Massaro (r) against Lust. (image: squashpics.com)
Massaro (r) against Lust. (image: squashpics.com)

The draw’s bottom half semifinal will see defending champion Amanda Sobhy take on eight-time world champion Nicol David in Friday’s semifinal. Sobhy defeated Hong Kong’s Joey Chan in three games after a close second game that extended to 12-10.

“I’m happy to get off in three today, I can conserve some energy for the semi-finals on Friday,” said Sobhy.

“I think my length dropped off in the second game and she was able to dominate the middle and she was pretty deadly from there. I just told myself to put her behind me and I was glad that it worked and I got off to a good lead in the third.

“I didn’t really want it to go to an extra game, so I’m just happy that regrouped well after the second and played well in the third,” Sobhy continued. “It’s nice to be back here playing and I hope to defend my title and keep it on home soil. [Playing in front of a home crowd] helps tremendously, I love playing at home and having all the supporters around the country rooting for me.

“It’s amazing and being in San Francisco is great, the crowd is spectacular. There are so many people that I don’t know, but who are here supporting me, the support has been amazing.”

David took on Egypt’s Nour El Tayeb in on the NetSuite Challenge Court in the evening. What began as an extremely entertaining match ended in unfortunate circumstances with El Tayeb retiring midway through the third game.

Women’s Quarterfinal results:
[1] Laura Massaro (ENG) bt [5] Victoria Lust (ENG) 3-0: 11-3, 11-7, 11-9 (32m)
[4] Joelle King (NZL) bt [8] Heba El Torky (EGY) 3-0: 11-8, 11-4, 11-6 (31m)
[3] Amanda Sobhy (USA) bt [7] Joey Chan (HKG) 3-0: 11-3, 12-10, 11-2 (24m)
[2] Nicol David (MAS) bt [6] Nour El Tayeb (EGY) 3-0: 11-9, 11-6, 7-0 ret. (24m)

NetSuite’s Goldberg Presented With San Francisco Certificate of Honor

l-r: Evan Goldberg, Bill Lee, John Nimick
l-r: Evan Goldberg, Bill Lee, John Nimick

A special reception brought media, sponsors, foreign dignitaries, city officials and players together in the magnificent Autodesk Gallery adjacent to the NetSuite Challenge Court in Justin Herman Plaza Tuesday evening.

Tournament Director John Nimick welcomed the international crowd, thanked Autodesk for hosting the event before introducing: Gustavo Bravo, the Deputy Consul General of Peru, Ivanhoe Chang, Director of the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office, Andrew Whittaker, a representative of the Consulate General of Great Britain, Vinkatesan Rashok, Indian Consul of San Francisco and Rigu Raj Singh from the royal family.

The foreign dignitaries were joined by players Nicol David, Laura Massaro, Amanda Sobhy and Simon Rosner

NetSuite’s Co-Founder, Chairman and CTO Evan Goldberg expressed his passion for the tournament and sport alike.

“The past five years of this tournament has been incredibly gratifying,” Goldberg said. “I started playing squash twenty-five years ago and it was a squash desert out here. There was no such thing as PSA Squash TV. I always hoped that one day I would be in a position to hopefully catalyze the ability of people in the bay area to enjoy world class squash. Since that time the game has grown incredibly, both here in the bay area and in the United States and so we’re going to keep trying to make it better and better.”

Bill Lee from the Mayor of San Francisco’s office led the highlight of the evening as he presented Goldberg with San Francisco’s Certificate of Honor.

“We want to thank NetSuite for bringing this tournament back for a fifth year,” Lee said. “As we always say in San Francisco; as San Francisco goes California goes, as California goes the U.S. We present this Certificate of Honor to NetSuite for participating in attracting international travelers and squash champions to San Francisco.”

View an image gallery from the event here.

Sobhy Begins NetSuite Open Title Defense With Victory Over Moverley

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Sobhy (r) against Moverley. (image: squashpics.com)

While the men’s NetSuite Open draw was shaken up with multiple upsets, the women’s first round went entirely according to seeding including a four-game victory by defending champion Amanda Sobhy on the glass court in Justin Herman Plaza, San Francisco.

The American’s first round match proved to be a difficult one against English qualifier Fiona Moverly, who took the second game off the world No. 7 in a four-game contest.

“She had a few good shots, but I’m happy I regrouped,” Sobhy said. “She was hitting winners left and right, especially on her backhand side so I just dug in and stuck to my game plan. Whoever was winning the points was the one who was standing in front. I think it was just a game of whoever could be in front of the other person, so I’m glad that I was able to do that.”

The path to the 2016 NetSuite Open title will prove more difficult for the twenty-three-year-old Harvard graduate after the doubled women’s prize money attracted the likes of world No. 2 Laura Massaro and world No. 3 Nicol David.

Both Massaro and David marked their NetSuite Open debuts with three-game victories in the first round at Bay Club San Francisco.

David (l) against Pacheco. (image: squashpics.com)
David (l) against Pacheco. (image: squashpics.com)

David, the eight-time world champion, dispatched American and Access Youth Academy product Reyna Pacheco in three games.

“It’s great to see Reyna on the Tour,” said David. “She came up from the Urban Squash Program, so it’s nice to see her in action on the Tour. It was good to play her and I think we played a really good match.”

“This is my first time playing the NetSuite Open and to actually be on the glass court is going to be very special,” David said. “I’m just going to stick to my game plan and hopefully just put it all together.”

Top-seeded Massaro meanwhile took out Sobhy’s American teammate Olivia Blatchford in three games.

“It’s quite hot on there and it’s a long time since I played a PSA match on a back court, so I was a little bit apprehensive about how that would be,” said Massaro, who will take on fellow English international Victoria Lust in the next round.

“It feels like a little bit of a different game. The rallies are longer and the court feels a little bit smaller in some ways. I’m really happy to have got off in three games, Olivia is a really dangerous player and has some really nice shots. It was just a case of making sure I limited her actions and played well.”

Women’s results:
Laura Massaro bt Olivia Blatchford 11-6, 11-6, 11-8 (31m)
Nour El Tayeb bt Low Wee Wern 11-3, 9-11, 11-4, 11-1 (39m)
Victoria Lust bt Sarah Cardwell 11-8, 13-11, 13-11 (39m)
Heba El Torky bt Samantha Teran 11-7, 9-11, 11-5, 11-8 (42m)
Joelle King bt Line Hansen 13-11, 11-9, 11-8 (37m)
Amanda Sobhy bt Laura Moverley 11-5, 10-12, 11-9, 11-4 (31m)
Joey Chan bt Coline Aumard 8-11, 11-0, 11-7, 6-11, 11-9 (59m)
Nicol David bt Reyna Pacheco 11-3, 11-1, 11-3 (18m)